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Counterfactuals, quantum physics, and cruel monsters in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds

William Brown

William Brown is Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Roehampton, UK. He is the author of Supercinema: Film-Philosophy for the Digital Age (2013), Moving People, Moving Images: Cinema and Trafficking in the New Europe (2010), with Dina Iordanova and Leshu Torchin, and co-editor, with David Martin-Jones, of Deleuze and Film (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds : A Manipulation of Metacinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Inglourious Basterds (2009) shows us history as it wasn’t. The titular Basterds are a bunch of predominantly American Jews dropped into occupied France, where it is their business to kill Nazis. They discover that a Parisian cinema...

Body Genres I: Melodramatic Holocaust Films

Aaron Kerner

Aaron Kerner is an Associate Professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film and the Holocaust : New Perspectives on Dramas, Documentaries, and Experimental Films

Continuum, 2011

Book chapter

...Introduction This chapter and the two following it are informed by Linda Williams’s concept of the “body genres,” films that provoke a visceral response in the spectator. Williams identifies melodrama, horror, and pornography...

Body Genres II: Pornography and Exploitation

Aaron Kerner

Aaron Kerner is an Associate Professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film and the Holocaust : New Perspectives on Dramas, Documentaries, and Experimental Films

Continuum, 2011

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...Introduction: Sexual Theater Susan Sontag describes a strange underworld fascinated with Nazi iconography in her essay, “Fascinating Fascism.” She attributes the fetishistic eroticization to power relations, where the SS exercises “total...

Exploding cinema, exploding Hollywood: Inglourious Basterds and the limits of cinema

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds : A Manipulation of Metacinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...“Greetings, Jerusalem, I am deeply sorry.” These are the words Hitler speaks—in Hebrew—in a video the artist Boaz Arad created in the year 2000. Arad spliced together many “very short film clips from Hitler’s propaganda speeches to produce...

Inglourious Basterds and the gender of revenge

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds : A Manipulation of Metacinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Quentin Tarantino’s re-telling of the history of WWII, Inglourious Basterds, begins with an extreme long shot of a pristine French meadow with a simple farmhouse in the background. To the left of the farmhouse we see a small figure...

The Holocaust as Dramatic Spectacle

Aaron Kerner

Aaron Kerner is an Associate Professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film and the Holocaust : New Perspectives on Dramas, Documentaries, and Experimental Films

Continuum, 2011

Book chapter

...Introduction: Characters and Spectacle Rather than attempting to ascertain what film or films are the most significant, this chapter instead surveys a number of films that utilize the Holocaust as a dramatic spectacle. Quality...

Lulu’s menorah: seeing and Nazi-ing

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds : A Manipulation of Metacinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment, ed. Gunzelin Schmid Noerr, trans. by Edmund Jephcott. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002), 120.“No one must be hungry or cold. Anyone failing to comply goes...

“A slight duplication of efforts”: redundancy and the excessive camera in Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds : A Manipulation of Metacinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...At the end of the opening credits, a white-on-black title appears: Chapter One/Once upon a time … /in Nazi-occupied France. It is the first of five titles that divide Inglourious Basterds into chapters. After the title, the first shot...

“Fire!” in a crowded theater: liquidating history in Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds : A Manipulation of Metacinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...Quentin Tarantino maintains a consistent obsession with the cinema as cinephilia, which he invites his audience to share, in his work’s explicit and ironic play with film history. His films present us with clever, wry, and often...

“What shall the history books read?” The debate over Inglourious Basterds and the limits of representation

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds : A Manipulation of Metacinema

Continuum, 2012

Book chapter

...In the early 1990s, Mike Godwin formulated a theory of internet behavior that has since become known as Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler...